Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To overhaul or revamp something is to completely change or improve it. You might overhaul your home or office to make it more comfortable and stylish.

  • They are revamping the entire website.
  • She wants to revamp her image and start wearing more fashionable clothes.

To be academically successful is to achieve good academic results. This means that you do well in school, and you usually end up getting a good job.

  • She is academically successful because she has a 4.0 GPA.
  • He is academically successful because he has a degree from a prestigious school.

To perch is to sit or to stand on something in order to stay upright. Sometimes birds will perch on a tree to get a better view.

  • The bird perched on the tree to get a better view.
  • The children were perching on the windowsills to watch the fireworks.

To tape something is to attach a piece of tape to it. You might use tape to attach a document to a wall, to hold a piece of paper in place, or to hold a piece of fabric in place.

  • He taped the door shut so that the dog couldn't get in.
  • She taped the fabric to the wall so that it would stay in place.

To have facets is to have several different aspects to your personality. Each facet might be a different way that you think, feel, or act.

  • His personality has a lot of facets, which is why it's so difficult to know what he's going to do.
  • She has a lot of facets, which is why she's so unpredictable.

To expose something is to show it to the public. Sometimes people expose something that is embarrassing or dangerous.

  • He exposed his private life to the world when he was on TV.
  • The whistleblower exposed the government's secrets to the press.

To exemplify something is to be a perfect example of it. When you say that someone is an excellent example of their species, you are using them as a model.

  • He is an excellent example of a mouse because he is always quiet and sneaky.
  • The teacher tried to exemplify the rules by example.

Pedagogy is the practice of teaching. It can refer to the teaching of children, the teaching of adults, or the teaching of any subject.

  • She is a professor of pedagogy.
  • The teacher is teaching a class on pedagogy.

The adjective phenomenal is used to describe something that is very impressive or extraordinary. When you say that something is phenomenal, you are using the word in a very positive way.

  • The new restaurant is phenomenal, and it's been getting a lot of praise from the community.
  • The performance was phenomenal, and the singer was absolutely amazing.